The Power of the United States Supreme Court

In recent years, there has been increased public interest in the United States Supreme Court. Politics surrounding the Court has sparked a national conversation regarding whether the institution is truly … Continued

The Power of Redistricting

With the 2021 Census behind us, redistricting season is officially in full swing. In the coming months, we can expect new district maps to be enacted at all levels of … Continued

The Citizen’s Perspective: The California State Legislature

How can we raise the minimum wage? Can my family get health insurance? Who decides how much money my local school gets?   When it comes to these questions and many … Continued

The History of Roe v. Wade

No “State” shall “deprive any person of life, liberty, or property without due process of law” reads the Fourteenth Amendment of the Constitution. Over the decades, the Supreme Court has … Continued

What’s a Monopoly?

Monopoly is a board game in which players compete to dominate the board and bankrupt their competition. A game that, in my family, always starts out fun but quickly turns … Continued

The Perfect Responses for Californians with Voting Excuses

Update (09.23.2021): The Gubernatorial Recall Election was held on September 14, 2021. Visit the Recall Report Back page to learn about the election results and what comes next.  Are you … Continued

The Power of “Big Money” in Elections

Despite public discontent at the influence of Big Money on politics, much of the attention is focused on the famous (or infamous) Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission (FEC) verdict … Continued

Courage California Institute’s Equality On Trial

Did you know that Courage California Institute has a second blog?  Equality On Trial (EOT), our longest-running blog, has been covering LGBTQIA+ legal issues since 2008, since the start of … Continued

California’s Power of the Purse: State Budget

This year, the state of California will spend about $267,000,000,000—give or take a few pennies—which is more than what all but twenty countries in the world typically spend annually. This … Continued

Taxes — who really wants to talk about those?

I have a theory. I think people don’t like to talk about taxes because taxes are often viewed as bills we have to pay–and honestly, who wants to talk about … Continued

It Helps to Have a Long View

How do you sustain political activism and optimistic energy over the whole of your life? It helps to have a long view.   Of course, if you are 77 like me, … Continued

What’s a Recall and How Did We Get Here?

Update (09.23.2021): The Gubernatorial Recall Election was held on September 14, 2021. Visit the Recall Report Back page to learn about the election results and what comes next.  On September … Continued

Know Your Power

In 2020, Courage California Institute launched Your Power Is Your Vote, an initiative to provide all Californians with trusted information to safely vote during the COVID-19 pandemic. Thousands of you, … Continued